The former United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, announce at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday (9 February) that he would undergo open heart surgery the following day.
CU Dr. Kissinger speaking
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 1): KISSINGER: "I came here because I had a chronic shoulder ache which wouldn't go away and, as I told you last time, I arrived late because I went to a dinner party in New York and there was no particular emergency. It was just a desire of the Mass. General to start its tests early. A s they did their tests, they came to the conclusion that whatever symptoms they found in the shoulders.... in the shoulder, did not explain the pains so they went more and more to the cardiac direction. They came to the conclusion that...two conclusions, one, that I do have a heart and second, that it is in need of some repair. So they are going to do a by-pass operation tomorrow morning."
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Background: The former United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, announce at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday (9 February) that he would undergo open heart surgery the following day. Dr. Kissinger made his announcement at the end of a week of medical tests, during which he had denied any heart problems. He said he expected the four-hour triple-bypass operation at Massachusetts General Hospital, to go smoothly. His heart has one blocked artery and two others have become too narrow to allow an easy flow of blood. The hospital is well-known for its open-heart surgery procedures and more than one thousand such operations are performed there every year. Dr. Kissinger joked with reporters during the news conference, saying, "Contrary to conclusions in some quarters, I do have a heart and it is in need of repair."